Monday, April 24, 2017



5.5 Saarbruecken @ Fasanerie
5.10 Halle @ Pierre Grasse
5.11 Berlin @ Full Service Station

more dates in Hamburg TBA

Rob Frye is Flux Bikes. With synthesizer, flute, saxophone, clarinet, guitar and drum, Rob Frye from Chicago is present in bands like Bitchin Bajas and El is a Sound of Joy. With Flux Bikes, he plays his bicycle as an instrument: his performance begins before the concert, he rides a bike to every appearance and continues to experiment with dynamics, poly rhythms and loops. The tires tell of the journey between melody, noise and sound intervention. His collaborative trips range from 5 km locally to more than 5000 km over annual tours. America and Spain are now followed by Germany this coming May. 

- text and flyer from Katharina Ritter

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Constellation and ESS

7.15.16 at Experimental Sound Studio
Chicago Park District
ARTS 13 workshop
featuring Carlos Pride

photos from Katharina Ritter

9.12.16 at Constellation
It's Happening
w/ Ben Lamar Gay and Ernest Dawkins

9.15.16 at ESS
  featuring Alex Inglizian
w/Ricardo Dias Gomes

Sunday, August 28, 2016


"No-Face" Bald Eagle along the Mississippi River

PÜ F3ST St. Louis

poster by Elizabeth Moore

Katharina and Jake at the Chain of Rocks Bridge

Illinois River valley

St. Louis to Chicago Illinois River Bike Route
From St. Louis: StL Riverfront trail, MCT Confluence Trail, Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Trail. After this, the majority of the route had no shoulder. Used IL100 but stayed on the eastern side of the IL River for the entire trip (except to cross via ferry at Kampsville for food). Consequently took Eldred Rd, Bluff St, River Road, Hillview Rd to Beardstown. Then Chandlerville Road and 78 into Havana. Then Manito Rd also called Manito Blacktop into Pekin. Taking 29, Wesley Rd and Main street leads you to US 150 and 116, where you'll continue north on Spring Bay Rd/26.  County backroads lead to Walnut St in Ogelsby.  The bridge across the Vermillion River was out as of September 2016, crossed via 71. Backtracking after Starved Rock, 78 gets you across the IL River to Dee Bennet Road, where you will connect to the I&M Canal. That baby takes you all the way to Gaylord Donnelley Trail and Centennial Trail.

Points of Interest:
Pere Marquette State Park
Sand Ridge State Forest
Starved Rock State Park
I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


A split double cassette directed by multi-instrumentalist and bicycle-enthusiast Rob Frye. While the Flux Bikes tape explores the melodic and hypnotic realms of poly-rhythms extracted from bicycle wheel, flute and electronics, the Sueñolas tape paints old-world pastoral impressions with help from guitarist Bill MacKay and violist Whitney Johnson.  Edition of 100 double cassettes with risograph printed jcards, some alt colors available!

Rob Frye is best known for his woodwinds skills, which bring a serene melodicism to the trance grooves of Bitchin Bajas among a slew of other outfits. He also applies his imagination to a broader array of techniques and instruments with consistently dazzling, beguiling results. Earlier this year I wrote about his project Flux Bikes, in which he mutates a bicycle to emit hypnotic epics enhanced by a variety of instruments. The rhythms and timbres he generates on the recent split-cassette release on Lake Paradise is remarkable. And the other half of the double-tape project is even more rewarding. Sueñolas is a project built primarily around the guitarra de son, a plucked four- or five-stringed lute used in Mexican son jarocho music. Aided by the the primitive Casio SK60, Frye samples different progressions, arpeggios, and patterns he plays on the instrument, running them back in time-warping, pitch-shifting patterns—thus generating a harp-like quality—while ditching the instrument’s folkloric provenance. On the tape’s first side his episodic creations are complemented by guitarist Bill MacKay and violinist Whitney Johnson(Matchess), who both embroider Frye’s rapid flurries of notes with leisurely phrases and bittersweet counterpoint. On the flipside Frye goes it alone, expanding his arsenal of samples to include organs, flutes, guitars, pianos, synths, and drums, and camouflaging every sound with electronics to deliver a series of mesmerizing vignettes that flow from one to the other. 
— Peter Margasak

Thursday, February 25, 2016

STL All-Write and CHI Juicebox

presented by DCASE
w/Ben Lamar Gay
and More

Photo credit: Katie Guymon

Art on Sedgewick
Future Hits, Kate Schick
w/Nick Kabat